J Bone Metab.  2020 May;27(2):79-83. 10.11005/jbm.2020.27.2.79.

Introduction of the Cost-Effectiveness Studies of Fracture Liaison Service in Other Countries

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea
  • 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chung-Ang University Hospital, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Department of Rehabilitation, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea


Osteoporosis and osteoporosis related fractures contribute a large part of the medical cost in developed countries. Considering the preventive effect of osteoporotic medications, high rate of mortality and complications, poor quality of life after osteoporosis related fractures, the growing trend of older populations in the future, osteoporosis and osteoporosis related fractures are important targets of preventive treatment and also targets of socioeconomic cost reduction. Treating osteoporosis and preventing osteoporosis related fractures have become an essential element in Korean medical system. Despite the various differences in the health care system, hospitals in many other countries are operating fracture liaison service and they have confirmed its cost-effectiveness. In Korea's health care system, further research on cost-effectiveness as well as its clinical effects is needed.


Hip fractures; Osteoporotic fractures; Secondary prevention
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